There’s a name to the calm one feels after crush. It’s called November. November offers the chance to spend the morning under a down comforter with the newspaper and a cup of coffee. The smell of wood smoke is omnipresent in the air and vines are starting to sleep. There might be a dusting of snow in the hills, but the driving is easy. The holiday season brings friends together for a post-Thanksgiving barrel tasting in the Chelan Valley and the wineries feel warm and unhurried. We’re still in the cellar, watching fermentation and putting the new juice into barrels. Conversations in the wineries range from the highs and lows of this year’s harvest to the highs and lows of this year’s weather. November is the time to linger over a wine flight and rest against the tasting counter. Come December, some of our wineries close for a couple of months, so be sure to come see us soon. Bring a sweater and your sunglasses, take a hike into our hills, stroll through town or sit and look out on the water. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Chelan Valley – it’s naturally intoxicating.

  • Vin du Lac Winery

    No one knows why, but it always seems like a sunny day at Vin du Lac Winery. The winery and bistro gamely meets everyone’s needs. Groups gather on the patio and have a bite to eat, couples look out onto the lake with a bottle of wine between them. Ki . . .

  • Rio Vista Wines

    When planning a trip to Rio Vista, pack a little bit of will power. Once you arrive and look down the sloping lawn onto the river, you won’t want to leave. It’s a place that engenders languid ease – exactly what you want on a day off.

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  • The Charm of Lake Chelan

    BY ROBIN SALTS BECKETT, YAKIMA MAGAZINE:  Lake Chelan calls itself a boater’s paradise, and one look at the lake the town is named for will convince any visitor that’s true. . .

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